How can gluten affect the body?
Well…understanding how it is “glue” gives you a clue now. It gums-up-the-works.! It literally gums-up the lower intestine and food absorption becomes minimized (leaving a person always “hungry”) and a lot of other problems arise.
People who can not tolerate gluten can suffer from a wide variety of aliments including seizures, bloating, intestinal problems, compromised immune systems, depression, anxiety, ADHA (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), autism, adrenal exhaustion, and thyroid problems just to name a few of the not so pleasant results.
Dr. Mark Hyman, MD, a practicing physician says, “A recent large study in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that people with diagnosed, undiagnosed, and “latent” celiac disease or gluten sensitivity had a higher risk of death, mostly from heart disease and cancer.
This study looked at almost 30,000 patients from 1969 to 2008 and examined deaths in three groups: Those with full-blown celiac disease, those with inflammation of their intestine but not full-blown celiac disease, and those with latent celiac disease or gluten sensitivity (elevated gluten antibodies but negative intestinal biopsy).
The findings were dramatic. There was a 39 percent increased risk of death in those with celiac disease, 72 percent increased risk in those with gut inflammation related to gluten, and 35 percent increased risk in those with gluten sensitivity but no celiac disease.”